John Polk wrote:Welcome to permies, Kaye.
Good questions you raised.
The legalities of selling animal products will vary from state to state.
All states have some laws in place regarding this, but some states are so restrictive that unless you are a commercial packing house (who has contributed to the political parties), they make it almost impossible for a small enterprise to get into this business.
If any of your products cross a state line, then you also fall under federal regulations, which are more restrictive than state regulations.
Perhaps, if you include your location, people from that state who have dealt with this, will be able to get the ball rolling on what you can expect to be the options in this endeavor.
Joseph Lofthouse wrote:
As far as I can tell, legal and ethical are not related to each other in any way...
Around here, black-market milk, egg, and meat sales are very much a thriving enterprise. The risk of getting caught is almost non-existent as long as you don't advertise on Facebook, or similar venues. Close as I can tell, the government is flat out broke. I suppose more broke than all other bankruptcies in the history of the world combined. Seems like there are simply not enough dollars to enforce meat prohibition.
Peter Ellis wrote:Travis, I guess I don't know why you brought up law suits? A farmer could just as easily be sued over someone slipping and falling when they stepped on a cow patty as over illness contracted from raw milk - more easily, in fact, because it's a cause of action familiar to the courts and with well known standards of proof. Our litigious society is one of the biggest risks for any small business in the USA, nothing special about farming at all in that regard. And as you noted, the farmer didn't do anything illegal or unethical, yet they were put out of business by a civil suit. This can happen to just about any business, even when they are meticulous about following the law and operating legally.